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NFL Week 16 Betting Odds and Predictions

The 2018 season has reached the penultimate weekend, and there are still plenty of playoff spots up for grabs. Let’s take a look at the week 16 schedule and pick out the five best NFL games to bet on this weekend.

Los Angeles Chargers -4.5 vs. Baltimore Ravens:

The biggest and most important week 16 might be the Saturday night game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens. The Chargers are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the top spot in the AFC, while the Ravens are clinging to the number six seed. The Los Angeles offense has been clicking of late with quarterback Philip Rivers leading the way, and the Chargers should get running back Melvin Gordon back for this game.

Baltimore has been running the ball like crazy since Lamar Jackson took over the starting quarterback job, and the Ravens also feature one of the best defenses in the NFL. If the Ravens are able to establish their ground game, they might be able to slow down the Chargers explosive offense, but that is a tall task. Rivers has thrown for close to 4,000 yards this season, and has plenty of weapons on that side of the ball. This game should be an intense battle, but the Chargers are just too good at home. Bet the Los Angeles Chargers -4.5 over the Baltimore Ravens.

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings -5.5:

The Minnesota Vikings head into Detroit needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Vikings will try to ride quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver Adam Thielen to a wild-card spot in the NFC. Cousins has thrown for over 3,900 yards this season, and Thielen has racked up 1,255 receiving yards on 105 catches. The Vikings are still looking for a consistent running game, but their offense is good enough through the air.

Detroit will try to counter with their stud quarterback, Matthew Stafford. Stafford is having another monster season, throwing for 3,395 yards, but the Lions offense lacks weapons to really scare a defense. Minnesota has recorded 47 sacks so far this season, and they should be able to take advantage of a bad Lions offensive line. Detroit won’t just roll over for the Vikings, but Minnesota will get the much-needed win by a touchdown. Bet the Minnesota Vikings -5.5 over the Detroit Lions.

New York Jets vs. Green Bay Packers +2.5:

A pair of struggling teams will meet up in New York for a week 16 battle. The Green Bay Packers have missed out on the playoffs for two straight seasons, while the Jets are still trying to get back to relevancy after some rough seasons. Despite a poor record, the Packers still feature one of the best quarterbacks in league history in Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has thrown for 3,974 yards this season, while throwing just two interceptions on the season. Wide receiver Davante Adams is an absolute stud, catching 100 passes for 1,315 yards this season, and he should find some room to operate against a struggling Jets defense.

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold has shown some flashes of greatness this season, but he has also made some bad mistakes. The Jets struggle to score points, averaging just over 20 points per game, and this will be the difference on Sunday. Bet the Green Bay Packers +2.5 over the New York Jets in this game.

New Orleans Saints -6.0 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers:

A pair of terrific offenses will take the field in the SuperDome for what could be a high-scoring affair. Drew Brees is leading a Saints offense that is averaging a league best 32.8 points per game this season, and they will take on Ben Roethlisberger and a Steelers team averaging 27.3 points per game. New Orleans is just one win away from clinching home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs, and they are almost impossible to beat at home.

The Steelers are coming off of an impressive win against the Patriots in week 15, but they haven’t been very consistent this season. Look for the Saints to get their ground game going with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram in this game, and then Brees will do his thing. The Steelers are in for a tough challenge on this game. Bet the Saints -6.0 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears -4.0:

The NFC North Champion Chicago Bears will head west to battle the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Niners have won two games in a row despite playing a third-string quarterback in Nick Mullens. San Francisco is averaging just 21.4 points per game this season, but they have started to play better of late. The Bears have a solid offense with explosive playmakers, but their biggest strength has been the defense. Chicago is allowing just 18.9 points per game and lead the NFL with 35 takeaways. It is hard to win on the road in the NFL, but not when you have a defense like the Bears. Bet on the Chicago Bears -4.0 over the San Francisco 49ers.

NFL Week 15 Betting Odds and Predictions

With just three weeks left in the NFL regular season, there are still plenty of playoff races still yet to be decided. There are a handful of key games on the Week 15 schedule that could help to determine the 2018 playoff field. Let’s take a look at the five best NFL games to bet on this weekend, with a prediction for each game.

Denver Broncos -3.0 vs. Cleveland Browns

The Broncos suffered a devastating blow to their playoff chances in week 14 with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Denver will likely need to win out and receive some help to sneak into the playoff field. Cleveland likely has no chance to make the 2018 playoffs, but they continue to show improvement, including a 26-20 victory over the Carolina Panthers in week 14. Baker Mayfield threw a touchdown pass in his 10th consecutive game in week 14, but the rookie will face a top defense in this game. The Broncos have allowed just over 21 points per game this season, and they have been even better at Mile High Stadium. The Broncos need a big win to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they will get it in this game. Bet the Denver Broncos -3.0 over the Cleveland Browns.

Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions +2.5

It seems a little odd that the Bills are 2.5 point favorites in this game against the Detroit Lions. Buffalo comes in with two straight losses, and they feature the second-worst offense in the NFL. The Bills are averaging just 15.3 points per game, and their rookie quarterback has thrown for just over 150 yards per game. Detroit comes into this game after beating the Arizona Cardinals on the road by a score of 17-3. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for over 3,100 yards already this season, and wide receiver Kenny Golladay is nearing 1,000 receiving yards. Neither team is very good, but the Lions feel like the clear pick in this game. Take the points and bet the Detroit Lions +2.5 over the Buffalo Bills.

Chicago Bears -5.5 vs. Green Bay Packers

One of the oldest and best rivalries in football will take center stage at Soldier Field on Sunday. The Chicago Bears have been one of the best storylines in the league this season, and they have a chance to win the NFC North for the first time since 2010. Green Bay would love to spoil the party for the Bears, but they aren’t exactly playing great football this season. The Packers already fired head coach Mike McCarthy earlier this month, and they just don’t have the feel of a normal Packers team. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has absolutely dominated the Bears during his career, but this time it will be different. Chicago is coming off of a game in which they gave up just 6 points to the Los Angeles Rams, and the defense will shut down Rodgers and company in this game. Bet the Chicago Bears -5.5 over the Green Bay Packers.

Los Angeles Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles +9.5

The Rams will be featured on Sunday Night Football for the second week in a row and will be looking to erase the memory for a miserable week 14 loss. The Eagles, meanwhile, are fighting for their playoff life and a loss in this game would likely end their playoff hopes. Los Angeles still has one of the most feared offenses in the entire NFL, averaging 32.7 points per game. Running back Todd Gurley has already run for over 1,200 yards this season, and quarterback Jared Goff is closing in on 4,000 yards passing. Philadelphia looked much better in their week 14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but they are still looking for a more consistent offense. The Eagles are averaging just 21.6 points per game and will need to play well in this game. Philadelphia is a desperate team, and that should help them out in this game. The Rams should get a bounce-back win in this game, but it won’t be a double-digit game. Take the points and bet the Eagles +9.5.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Washington Redskins +7.0

The Jacksonville Jaguars will host the Washington Redskins in what will likely be a low scoring affair. Both teams will be starting backup quarterbacks, and both offenses have been horrible all season long. Cody Kessler will start for a Jacksonville team that is averaging just 16.3 points per game. The Jags have lost eight of their last nine games and are limping to the finish line. Washington hasn’t been much better under third-string quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez has been forced into duty due to a pair of tough injuries to Washington quarterbacks. This game will be ugly, but it will also be close. The Jaguars should win the game, but giving any team seven points against that offense is just too many. Take the points and bet the Redskins +7.0.

NFL Week 14 Betting Odds and Predictions

The 2018 NFL season is entering the final stretch, but there are still many playoff races yet to be decided. Let’s take a look at the five best NFL games to bet on this weekend, and make a prediction for each game.

Green Bay Packers -4.5 vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Packers made headlines this week after firing longtime head coach Mike McCarthy. Green Bay brings a 4-7-1 record into this game, and they have been very disappointing this season. Atlanta has been even worse this season, posting a 4-8 record through their first 12 games. This game is a battle of two of the biggest disappointments in the NFL, but there should be plenty of offense in this game. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan are two of the best in the business, and they will try to outduel each other. Expect the weather to be cold and snowy and that is Packers weather. Bet the Green Bay Packers -4.5 over the Atlanta Falcons.

Kansas City Chiefs -6.5 vs. Baltimore Ravens

The top team in the AFC will host a playoff hopeful in an important game in Kansas City. The 10-2 Chiefs will take on a Baltimore Ravens team that has won three straight games to get back into the playoff picture. Baltimore has looked like a different team since rookie Lamar Jackson has taken over the quarterback job. With Jackson in charge, the Ravens lead the league in rushing and time of possession. If the Ravens are able to keep the explosive Chiefs offense on the sideline for much of this game, they might be able to pull off their fourth straight win. Kansas City released running back Kareem Hunt before week 13, but still managed to score 40 points. As long as the Chiefs have Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, they will still score a ton of points. Bet the Chiefs -6.5 over the Baltimore Ravens.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles +3.5

Perhaps the biggest game of the weekend will take place in Dallas when the Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles. The winner of this game will take over 1st place in the NFC East, and this is one of the best rivalries in football. The Cowboys have won four straight games to put themselves in a nice position, and they have been riding the legs of Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys running back has racked up 1,150 yards and six touchdowns this season. Dallas also features one of the top defenses in the NFL, giving up just 18.6 points per game. Philadelphia is averaging just 21.5 points per game this season, but they are starting to heat up at the right time. Newcomer Golden Tate had a big night in week 13, finishing with 7 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Eagles still have plenty of work to do to return to the playoffs this season, but they have the talent to get the job done. Look for Philadelphia to make a statement against the Cowboys in Dallas. Bet the Eagles +3.5 over the Cowboys in a huge NFC East clash.

Arizona Cardinals +2.5 vs. Detroit Lions

The Arizona Cardinals are fresh off of their third win of the season in a game that cost Mike McCarthy a job. The Cardinals have been a mess on offense all season long, averaging just 14.6 points per game. Against the Packers it was rookie running back Chase Edmunds who was the offensive star, scoring two touchdowns in his first career game at Lambeau Field. Arizona will take on another NFC North team, the Detroit Lions, in this game, and they could find the same success. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for over 3,000 yards again this season, but Detroit has been riddled with injuries this season. Playing at home should give the Cardinals an extra boost, and I think they get their second straight victory in this game. Bet the Arizona Cardinals +2.5 to beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings +3.5

The Seattle Seahawks will host the Minnesota Vikings with a lot at stake in the NFC Playoff race. Seattle continues to be one of the hardest places to win on the road in the NFL, but the Vikings feature one of the most talented rosters in the league. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has thrown for over 3,400 yards in his first season with the Vikings, and will need to have a big game against the Seahawks. Minnesota has struggled running the ball this season, but should find success through the air. For Seattle, quarterback Russell Wilson has been sharp again this season, but running back Chris Carson has started to emerge as a star. Carson has ran for 704 yards and four touchdowns this season, but he faces a hungry Vikings defense in this game. The Seahawks are a small favorite in this game, but the Vikings will come away with the win. Bet the Minnesota Vikings +3.5 over the Seahawks on Monday night.

NFL Week 13 Betting Odds and Predictions

The 2018 NFL regular season is nearing the home stretch as teams are making a run at the playoffs. There are several terrific matchups on the schedule for week 13. Let’s take a look at the five best games to bet on around the NFL this weekend.

Atlanta Falcons -1.0 vs. Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens will head into Atlanta on Sunday and will be trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Falcons will need to win out to even have a chance at the playoffs after a disappointing start to the season. Atlanta has lost three straight games, and their offense is all out of sorts of late. Quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown for over 3,600 yards this season but has been inconsistent in the red zone. The Falcons have also given up 27.9 points per game, and their defense has taken a big step back from a season ago. Baltimore intends to start rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson again this week in this game, and he has provided a spark to the Ravens offense. Jackson has been running like crazy in the past two games, but he has taken advantage of a pair of horrible defenses. Baltimore is making a late push at a playoff run, but those dreams will take a big hit in this game. The Falcons should be able to score on the Ravens, and they will win this game at home. Bet the Atlanta Falcons -1.0 over the Baltimore Ravens.

Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Rams -10.0

The Los Angeles Rams will return from their bye week by taking on the Detroit Lions during week 13. The Rams enter this game with a 10-1 record, and still have their sights set on the top seed in the NFC. Detroit has struggled this season and suffered a crushing loss to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day. The Lions offense has been a mess all season long, and they will be without two of their top playmakers in this game. Wide receiver Marvin Jones was recently placed on injured reserve by the team, and running back Kerryon Johnson is still injured. The Rams are led by quarterback Jared Goff and Todd Gurley, and their offense has been unstoppable all season long. Los Angeles should be focused and refreshed coming off of their bye week, and they will blow out the Lions. Bet the Rams -10.0 over the Lions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers -3.5

The Carolina Panthers will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers looked like one of the top teams in the NFC through the first 10 weeks of the season, but the wheels have started to fall off. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was sharp in the week 12 victory over the San Francisco 49ers but will face a much tougher defense in this matchup. Tampa Bay has struggled to play defense this season, and that won’t work against Christian McCaffrey and the Panthers offense. Look for the Panthers to snap their losing streak with a big win in Tampa Bay. Bet the Carolina Panthers -3.5 over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Houston Texans -5.5 vs. Cleveland Browns

The red-hot Houston Texans will host the improving Cleveland Browns on Sunday at NRG Stadium. The Texans have won eight straight games after their win over the Titans on Monday Night Football, and have all but locked up the AFC South. The Houston defense has been playing at a high level, allowing just 20.2 points per game this season. Quarterback Deshaun Watson is starting to look like the player he was last season, and the Texans should be able to score some points against a young Browns defense. Cleveland has gone 4-6-1 so far this season, and with rookie quarterback, Baker Mayfield leading the way, look like a team that could make the playoffs next season. Mayfield and the Cleveland offense are in for a tough test in this game, and things won’t go well for them on Sunday. Bet the Houston Texans -5.5 over the Cleveland Browns.

New England Patriots -5.0 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Perhaps the best game on the week 13 schedule is a matchup between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings. This game was billed as a potential Super Bowl preview in the preseason, and both teams are starting to show signs of that taking place. The Patriots are starting to get healthy again, and tight end Rob Gronkowski was a monster in their week 12 victory over the Jets. The Vikings got a great performance from Kirk Cousins in a Sunday night win over the Green Bay Packers last weekend. This should be a terrific football game that will come down to the last few minutes. Fortunately for the Patriots they still have Tom Brady, and he will lead New England on a late game-winning touchdown drive. Bet the Patriots -5.0 over the Vikings.

NFL Week 12 Betting Odds and Predictions

Week 12 of the NFL season is set to kick off with three games on Thanksgiving Day. Many of the spreads in week 12 are rather large, but let’s take a look at five of the best games to bet on this weekend around the NFL.

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears -3.0

The Detroit Lions will host the Chicago Bears in their annual Thanksgiving Day game. This is a rematch of a game that was played two weeks ago in Chicago in which the Bears beat the Lions 34-22. The Chicago Bears offense was absolutely unstoppable in that contest, but the Bears could be without Mitchell Trubisky in this contest. Trubisky injured his throwing shoulder in the win over the Vikings, and his status is questionable. Fortunately for the Bears, they still have Khalil Mack and one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Lions have struggled to score all season long, and Chicago will keep Detroit to a low number. Bet the Chicago Bears -3.0 over the Lions in this game.

Cincinnati Bengals -3.0 vs. Cleveland Browns

The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Cleveland Browns in an AFC North battle on Sunday. The Bengals are only a three-point favorite in this game, which is a bit of a surprise. Cleveland has won just three games this season, but they did pick up an impressive win over the Falcons in week 11. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has shown glimpses of greatness this season but has also been wildly inconsistent. The Bengals have been horrible on defense for much of this season, but they should be able to get some pressure on Mayfield in this game. The status of wide receiver AJ Green will play a huge role in this game, but it is likely that he will suit up. This should be a competitive game, but the Bengals have too much offense for the Browns in this game. Look for the Bengals to win a wild affair in Cincy. Bet the Bengals -3.0 over the Browns on Sunday.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals +12.5

The Los Angeles Chargers are a whopping 12.5 point favorite over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The Chargers were off to a 7-2 start to the season but suffered a last-second loss to the Denver Broncos last weekend. Quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns this season but threw two costly interceptions in the loss to Denver. The Cardinals come into this game with a 2-8 record, but they have been competitive in recent weeks. Arizona lost by just 12 points to the explosive Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago, and they are still playing hard. The Los Angeles Chargers are the obvious pick to win this game, but the Cardinals won’t get blown out in LA. Take the points and bet the Arizona Cardinals +12.5 in this matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers -3.0

Another road favorite this week is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will be taking on the Denver Broncos. The Steelers have won six straight games to take control of the AFC North Division, while the Denver Broncos are clinging to playoff hope with a 4-6 record. The Broncos stunned the Chargers in week 11, and they have one of the top defenses in the NFL. Denver also averages over 124 rushing yards per game which should keep the explosive Steelers offense off of the field. The Steelers are still the pick in this game because quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is playing at an extremely high level. Big Ben has thrown for over 3,200 yards this season, and he should take advantage of a depleted Broncos secondary. Winning in Denver won’t be an easy task, but the Steelers will get the job done. Bet the Steelers -3.0 over the Broncos on Sunday.

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

One of the best games of the weekend will take place on Monday night when the Houston Texans play host to the Tennessee Titans. The Houston Texans have won seven straight games to take control of the AFC South Division, but a Titans victory could close the gap for the playoff spot. Houston has won their past two games by a combined four points, and this game should be extremely tight as well. The Texans feature one of the best pass rushing attacks in football, with J.J. Watt leading the way. The Titans will have to find a way to keep quarterback Marcus Mariota upright and healthy in this contest if they want a chance. Mariota has dealt with injuries all season long and has thrown just seven touchdown passes this season. The Titans can play defense, and that unit should keep them in this game right down to the wire. Houston has won seven straight games, and they will make it eight with a victory over Tennessee on Monday night. Bet the Houston Texans over the Tennessee Titans.

NFL Week 10 Betting Odds and Predictions

The NFL season has reached the halfway point and teams are starting to make their moves for a playoff spot. There are several great games on tap for week 10, but we have identified the five best games to bet on this weekend. Let’s take a look at these games with a betting prediction for each of them.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. New Orleans Saints -4.5

The Cincinnati Bengals will host the red-hot New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon. New Orleans comes into this game riding a seven-game winning streak, and quarterback Drew Brees is having a historic season. The Bengals come in with a 5-3 record, but their defense has been atrocious so far this season. Cincinnati is giving up close to 30 points per game this season, and that recipe will not work out well against the high scoring Saints. Both of these teams could be playoff teams this season, but this game will still be a mismatch. Bet the New Orleans and their dynamic offense -4.5 over the Bengals on Sunday.

Chicago Bears -6.5 vs. Detroit Lions

The first place Chicago Bears will host the last place Detroit Lions in an NFC clash on Sunday. The Bears surprisingly have one of the top offenses in the NFL this season, but their real strength is on defense. Khalil Mack is expected back for this game, and the Bears defense should get plenty of pressure on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Stafford and the Lions passing attack have struggled this season, and they recently traded away their top receiver, Golden Tate. Detroit gives up plenty of points as well, and Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears offense should have a big day. Trubisky is another great play at PlayWV. The Bears have too much talent for the Lions and will win this game by a touchdown plus. Bet the Chicago Bears -6.5 over the Lions.

Cleveland Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons -4.0

The struggling Cleveland Browns will take on playoff hopeful Atlanta Falcons at home on Sunday. The Browns have lost four straight games after showing promise to begin the season, and it cost coach Hue Jackson his job. Atlanta has won three straight games to get back into the playoff picture in the NFC. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan leads an explosive passing attack that is averaging more than 320 yards per game.

Atlanta will try to take advantage of an aggressive, but young Cleveland defense on Sunday. Atlanta still is trying to find more consistency from their defense, after giving up over 28 points per game. The good news for the Falcons is that the Cleveland Browns offense has struggled of late under rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Browns are still a year or two away from really being competitive, and the Falcons should take advantage of them and win their fourth straight game. Bet the Falcons -4.0 over the Browns.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins +3.0

This game could be one of the most intriguing matchups on the week 10 schedule. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a three point favorite over the visiting Washington Redskins in this game. Both the Bucs and Redskins are hard to figure out this season, with both teams being extremely inconsistent. Tampa Bay has lost five of their last six games to drop to 3-5 on the year, but they still feature the best passing attack in the NFL. Washington comes into this game with a 5-3 record, but looked horrible in a week nine blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

The Redskins come into this game with a top-10 defense, but their offense has struggled throughout the 2018 season. Washington will also be without two of their starting offensive lineman for the remainder of the season. The Buccaneers defense is the worst in the league, and they put a ton of pressure on their offense to bail them out. Look for the Redskins to overcome their injuries and get a big win on the road in this game. Bet the Redskins +3.0 to beat the Bucs.

Philadelphia Eagles -6.5 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Longtime NFC East rivals will meet in prime time on Sunday night. Both the Eagles and Cowboys have struggled through much of this season, and both are trying to chase down the Redskins for the lead in the division. Philadelphia and Dallas have both struggled on offense this season, but feature two of the best defenses in the NFL. Points may be hard to come by in this game, but the Eagles will get a boost on offense in the form of wide receiver Golden Tate. Tate should improve a passing attack that is averaging 260 yards per game this season. Dallas is a mess on offense, and it doesn’t look like head coach Jason Garrett has any answers. The Eagles are at home, and have the better team. Bet Philadelphia -6.5 over the Cowboys on Sunday night.


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